Pray…then end it with amen…prayer over. That’s the way it’s done. However, if amen ends the prayer…how do we pray without ceasing?
We have to look at the word amen, does it really mean “all done”? Nope, that’s just how we use it today. It, at its most basic, could have a few meanings…”so be it,” “truly,” “truth,” “in agreement with,” and “faithfully.” There are a few other ways the word is used in Scripture…but those listed cover the majority.
In prayer, it can take on the idea of “please make it so”…or to be a bit more correct…since we’re to be praying in God’s will – “so be it” or “truly” come back into play.
Anyway, I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time on what it meant, other than to show that it doesn’t mean “done” or “the end.” It’s not the end, it’s a pause…a reflection…then we start praying again.
Amen, in our prayer time, is merely a period. A period to a sentence, in a paragraph of our story…that fits into His story.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:18 ESV)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2 ESV)